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MERCI! FIAF presents Bastille Day on 60th Street, Sunday, July 15

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) today announced details for Bastille Day on 60th Street, New York’s largest annual fête of Franco-American Culture. This year’s celebration will feature a free live screening of the World Cup final in Florence Gould Hall at 11am, activities for children and families, wine and champagne tastings, live performances including the popular can can, a special screening of the film Le Brio (2017), and more than 80 booths showcasing the best of French food and Francophile culture. Attracting more than 40,000 people per year, the street fair will take place Sunday, July 15, from noon to 5pm on East 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues.

This year’s highlights include:


A special free screening of the FIFA World Cup Final in FIAF Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, at 11am. Whether or not Les Bleus advance to the championship match, FIAF will host a first-come first-served viewing party in its state-of-the-art 361-seat theater.

Live performances by Sense and La Jarry, electropop singer Marie-Line Grinda and DJ Lara Gerin, the Hungry March Band, hip-hop performers It’s Showtime NYC!, and the always popular can-can led by Karen Peled.


Champagne & Jazz Party — 1:30-3pm and 3:30-5pm in the FIAF Skyroom — featuring vintages from Pol Roger, Ayala, Champagne Delamotte, and Besserat de Bellefon, as well as sparkling cocktails courtesy of Grand Marnier, served along with treats from Maman Bakery and Voilà Chocolat. Jazz singer Chloé Perrier will sing favorite French and American songs accompanied by a guitarist. Tickets to each session are $75, $65 for members.

Summer in the South of France — 12-1:30pm1:30-3pm, and 3-4:30pm in FIAF Tinker Auditorium — showcasing wines provided by Sud de France, Kronenbourg beer, Bayonne ham, cheese from Président, and artisanal breads from Maison Kayser. Tickets to each session are $25.


A special screening of the film Le Brio (2017), starring Daniel Auteuil and Camélia Jordana and directed by Yvan Attal, follows the outdoor street fair in FIAF Florence Gould Hall at 5:30pm. A 2018 César nominee for Best Film, Le Brio follows the relationship between a young Arab student from the Paris suburbs and a racist professor, whose perspective changes when he becomes her mentor. Tickets are $14, $8 for members and students.


Dancing and interactive activities, including a zouk lesson with Franck Muhel, mime demonstrations by Catherine Gasta, and dancing and sing-alongs with Jacques & Marie’s Paris Swing Band.

Kids’ Corner & FIAF “Pop-Up” Library will invite all ages to participate in French-inspired games and arts-and-crafts organized by FIAF’s Language Center, as well as story time.

Bastille Day on 60th Street once again is the finishing point for the annual Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, where car lovers will be able to get up close to classic models of the popular French automobile.


More than 80 booths showcasing the best of French food (Café Macaron, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, Epicerie Boulud, Le Souk, Le Bec Fin Fine Foods, and many others), Francophile culture (La Martinique and TV5Monde/SlingTV), and retail (Miroslava Palavicini and Hanami Jewerly).

A new addition, The French Garden, will feature a premium shopping area with exclusive fashions and accessories from French boutiques Jérôme Dreyfus, Emma & Chloé, Tissage Moutet, 727 Sailbags, and many more.


More than 30 lots donated by companies participating in Bastille Day on 60th Street will be raffled off, including a seven-day trip to Martinique and a three-night stay in Paris, both including airfare.


• 12:15pm: Zouk Dance Lesson with Franck Muhel (main stage)
• 12:45pm: French Mime Catharine Gasta (60th street)
• 12:55pm: Citroën Car Show (60th Street at Fifth Avenue)
• 1:00pm: Marie-Line Grinda and DJ Lara Gerin (main stage)
• 1:30pm: Can-Can Dancing with Karen Peled (main stage)
• 1:45pm: It’s Showtime NYC! (main stage)
• 2:30pm: Jacques & Marie’s Paris Swing Band (main stage)
• 3:00pm: Can-Can Dancing with Karen Peled (main stage)
• 3:00pm: Hungry March Band (street)
• 3:15pm: La Jarry (main stage)
• 4:00pm: SENSE (main stage)
• 4:45pm: Prize Drawings (main stage)

More information is available at


French Wines are provided by Sud de France.

Bastille Day on 60th Street is made possible with the generous support of key sponsors Credit Agricole, La Martinque, Perrier, and TV5Monde/SlingTV.

Additional support provided by Supporting Sponsors Président Specialty Cheeses; and St Michel.

Special thanks to our media partners France-Amérique and French Morning.


FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.



Vinho Verde Wines is thrilled to announce the return of the exciting, forward-thinking industry festival, The Vinho Verde Wine Experience. Noted as one of the most anticipated events on NYC’s summer social calendar and will be taking place on Saturday, June 9 at New York City’s Canoe Studios (601 West 26th Street). For more information, please visit:

Taste and enjoy wine from over 30 top, specially curated wineries in the Vinho Verde region as well as food bites from some of NYC’s hottest restaurants. The daylong festival, broken down into three sessions, will also include sommeliers hosting informative sessions about Vinho Verde, mixologists custom curating delicious beverages at the Vinho Verde Cocktail Bar, live music, live artist painting, and a photo booth to capture memories with friends and family.

Tickets for the Vinho Verde Wine Experience are now on sale at For wine enthusiasts and foodies alike, this event is bound to give attendees an experience to remember.


WHAT: The Vinho Verde Wine Experience

WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 2018

• Session 1 VIP + GA: 12PM-3PM

• Session 1 GA: 1PM-3PM

• Session 2 VIP + GA: 3:30PM-6:30PM

• Session 2 GA: 4:30PM-6:30PM

• Session 3 VIP + GA: 7PM-10PM

• Session 3 GA: 8PM-10PM

WHERE: Canoe Studios | 601 West 26th Street, #1465, New York, NY 10001


*VIP admission means you’ll gain early access one hour before the crowd, so you’ll have more time to sample and mingle.

For morning information, please visit:





Official Hashtag: #VinhoVerdeWineExperience


NY Premieres from Paris Opera & Ballet: “Samson et Dalila” and “Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine” at FIAF

This spring, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, and the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet are thrilled to announce a new series presenting HD screenings of opera and ballet performances from the Paris Opera & Ballet for the first time in New York City.

New Yorkers will have a rare opportunity to experience the company’s outstanding productions, filmed live in HD. The program launches with two acclaimed recent performances from the Paris Opera & Ballet repertoire: Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine on Sunday, May 20, and Samson et Dalila on Sunday, June 24, both at 1pm in FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall.

Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine by the renowned Paris Opera Ballet features beloved works by two of the 20th century’s great American choreographers and the premiere of a new creation by Benjamin Millepied with music by composer Nico Muhly.

Samson et Dalila, Camille Saint-Saëns’ lushly romantic re-telling of the biblical tale, will be presented in a new production conducted by lauded Paris Opera music director Philippe Jordan and staged by Damiano Michieletto.


Sunday, May 20 at 1pm

Introduced by Susan Gluck Pappajohn, Balanchine Trust

“Fireworks! Sets packed with energy and magnificent duos!”—Le Figaro

“Paris Opera Shows off Its Brilliance! … A dazzling display of formal craft!”—The New York Times 

“Benjamin Millepied shines in the footsteps of his masters…”—Le Monde

Benjamin Millepied pays tribute to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, two extraordinary choreographers, both of Russian origin, who helped to redefine dance in Europe and the US in the 20th century.

In time to celebrate the Jerome Robbins centennial this year, the HD screening will feature the Paris Opera Ballet’s introduction of Robbins beloved 1979 Opus19/The Dreamer to its repertoire, which will be paired with the company’s revival of George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The centerpiece of the program is the premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s acclaimed new ballet, Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward, featuring new music by composer Nico Muhly, which was created during Millepied’s tenure as director of dance at the Paris Opera.

Screening will be introduced by Susan Gluck Pappajohn, a former soloist and principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet and a current trustee of the Balanchine Trust.

Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward

Music: Nico Muhly

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied

Scenography: United Visual Artists

Lighting design: Lucy Carter

Opus 19/The Dreamer

Music:Sergei Prokofiev

(Concerto for violin n°1 in D major)

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Violon: Frédéric Laroque

Theme and Variations

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet

Conductor: Maxime Pascal

Paris Opera Orchestra

Film director: Vincent Bataillon

140 minutes, with intermission

Cinéma Distribution: FRA Cinéma

Complimentary herbal tea and madeleines will be available during intermission, courtesy of Kusmi Tea and St Michel.

Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Sunday, June 24 at 1pm

“From the marvelous opening of solo winds scattered across the night, one realizes that Philippe Jordan has set the bar high…masterful direction that brilliantly revives the flesh and breath of this too often forgotten music.” Le Monde

Based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah from the Book of Judges in the Old Testament, the opera is one of the most popular and often performed in the French repertoire. The seductress Dalila is one of the great opera roles for a mezzo-soprano and includes the well-known arias “Printemps qui commence” (“Spring begins”) and “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” (“My heart opens to your voice”).

The new, 2016 production of Samson et Dalila, staged by Damiano Michieletto, returned the work to the Paris Opera after a 25-year absence. Anita Rachvelishvili, “an exceptional mezzo-soprano of seamless quality” (Opera News) plays the femme fatale and murderous priestess, and Aleksandrs Antonenko, “who tore into Samson’s music with a genuine heroic tenor” (Opera News) is the conflicted, tragic hero.

Samson et Dalila

Opera in three acts and four scenes (1877)

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns

Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire

Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Director: Damiano Michieletto

Set designs: Paolo Fantin

Costume designs: Carla Teti

Lighting design: Alessandro Carletti

Chorus master: José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Dalila, Anita Rachvelishvili

Samson, Aleksandrs Antonenko

The High Priest of Dagon, Egils Silins

Abimélech, Nicolas Testé

An Old Hebrew, Nicolas Cavallier

Philistine Messenger, John Bernard

First Philistine, Luca Sannaï

Second Philistine, Jian-Hong Zhao

Screening in French with English subtitles.

Film Director: François-René Martin

Cinéma Distribution: FRA Cinéma

In French with English subtitles

205 minutes with two intermissions

Complimentary herbal tea and madeleines will be available during intermission, courtesy of Kusmi Tea and St Michel.

About American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet

The purpose of the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet is to share the many treasures of the Paris Opera directly with the American public and to foster artistic cooperation between the Opera National de Paris and the creative community in the United States.

Based in New York, the organization was incorporated in 1984 in response to a request by Rudolf Nureyev, then the Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, to tour the company in the United States. Recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt foundation in 1985, the group has helped underwrite numerous U.S. tours of the Paris Opera, Paris Opera Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet School, traveling exhibitions from the Paris Opera Museum and appearances of guest artists from the Paris Opera Ballet, as well as many productions at the Paris Opera that prominently feature the participation of American artists, such as Jerome Robbins, Trisha Brown, William Christie, Peter Sellars and Robert

About the Paris Opera & Ballet

Recently announcing what The New York Times called a “boldly ambitious 2018–2019 season,” the Paris Opera & Ballet is a world cultural treasure with a rich history that underpins an innovative, vital present. The Paris Opera traces its beginnings to King Louis XIV of France, who established a formal academy of music and dance at court in 1669. Over the centuries, the company has undergone many transformations as a public institution. Today the 430-member company of musicians and dancers, led by general director Stéphane Lissner, ballet director Aurelie Dupont, and music director Philippe Jordan, collaborates with acclaimed directors, choreographers, and singers, and enjoys a position as one of the leading opera and ballet institutions in the world.  In 2019, it will celebrate its 350th anniversary, and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the larger of its two theaters, the Opéra Bastille.


The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.


Tea courtesy of Kusmi Tea. Madeleines courtesy of St Michel.

Program Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, Cordier Enjoy la Vie, Engie, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Florence Gould Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jacadi, JCDecaux, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts, and Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt.


New CHIHULY Experience to Debut Next Year in Spring 2017 at NYBG

For the first time in more than ten years, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition in New York.
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Returning to The New York Botanical Garden beginning in spring 2017 (official exhibition run dates to be announced), CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, will be a new experience with monumental installations within and around the most celebrated sites in the Botanical Garden’s landscape.

The new exhibition will also feature a display of Chihuly’s drawings.

On select evenings, the installations throughout the Garden will be dramatically illuminated in a celebration of color, form, and light.

Visit the Garden’s Web site,, for more information and to purchase tickets.


For Your Weekend – The Orchid Show at NYBG

Any plan for the weekend?

Please don’t waste this such good weather in New York City.

How about going to a beautiful garden?

The orchid show is on at NYBG!

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Each year, this eagerly anticipated exhibition displays thousands of orchids in the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids. In 2013, The Orchid Show dramatically transforms The New York Botanical Garden’s landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a lush rainforest.

This year’s exhibition is inspired by the 19th-century craze sparked by a single orchid bloom, which came to be known as Orchidelirium.Scan 164Visitors to the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will be transported on an epic journey that engages all of thesenses and underscores the allure and intrigue of these exquisite beauties.12

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium features:

Thousands of orchids in a stunning array of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures.

Highlights of the far-flung adventures of daring explorers who risked life and limb to secure these captivating and exotic flowers from danger- laden jungles around the world for determined collectors.

Aesthetic delights in the Haupt Conservatory, such as displays of orchids as they grow in the wild, in much the same way the Victorian- era explorers first encountered them, to cultivation in the greenhouse.


Open to the public February 27 through April 17, 2016.

Plan your visit via


Lunar New Year Celebration with XI’AN FAMOUS FOODS!

The Lunar New Year was already over, and there were many festivities held during the early this month! LULU celebrated the season with an unforgettable concert held by Xi’an Famous Foods, one of the most popular food in New York, that artfully blended the Asian and Asian American experience – with delicious food, drinks, and great music at one of the city’s most iconic music venues, that night was a one of a kind experience.


Held at Manhattan’s mega concert venue Terminal 5 on last Saturday, February 20th, enjoy performances from:


Far East Movement – the first Asian American group to top Billboard’s Top 100, they requireno introduction

Kina Grannis – the Japanese American YouTube star whose crooning voice took her from YouTube to mainstream fame

Kimberley 陳芳語 – the Taiwanese Australian singer whose song “Love You” rocketed her to success in Taiwan and beyond

Softlipa 蛋堡 – the Taiwanese rapper whose Mandarin beats have garnered critical acclaim


Of course I love Xi’an Famous Foods!


Xi’an Famous Foods began as a 200 square foot basement stall in the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, N.Y. The original location, established in late 2005, was the first restaurant to bring the little-known cuisine of Xi’an to the United States, with signature hand-ripped noodles, secret spice mixes, and Xi’an “burgers” with housemade flatbread. Since then, they’ve expanded to six locations in Manhattan, two in Brooklyn and two in Queens in total. As a family-owned business, they hope to reintroduce the world to the unique cuisine of their hometown: liangpi “cold skin” noodles, lamb pao mo soup, and wide hand-pulled “biang biang” noodles, all in its most authentic form.

tofu2This is one of LULU’s favorite! You should definitely check it out.

They have several chains in the city.

Check the locations here,

And the menus,

My god, I can’t wait to eat it now!